Sunday, February 28, 2016

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 27-02-2016

10 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Terry, Gary and David on this single, shore entry dive of 114 minutes. Maximum depth 6.1 m, 26 C water temperature and < 1 m viz.

The poor viz of less than a metre obviously had an impact on our sightings. It is worth noting though that the Thuridilla carlsoni is the first species of Thuridilla sighted in the river. Many of the white specks on the substrate proved to be Goniodoridella sp. 1 specimens.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Cratena lineata -1
Flabellina angelvaldesi -11
Goniobranchus daphne -10
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -12
Hypselodoris obscura -2
Pleurobranchus peronii -2
Pteraeolidia semperi -8
Thuridilla carlsoni -1
Trinchesia sibogae -1
Verconia romeri -1

Two of the team discussing the dive plan 
pause for the photo shoot

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Trinchesia sibogae on hydroid

Goniobranchus daphne

Hypselodoris obscura

Thuridilla carlsoni - buried in situ

Pteraeolidia semperi 

Pleurobranchus peronii - a pair

Verconia romeri

Thuridilla carlsoni

Cratena lineata

Flabellina angelvaldesi